Missouri State Parks Racing Series

New in 2014, the Missouri State Parks Racing Series will be held at four state parks around Missouri. From one mile and 5K walks, to a 4.5-mile paddling race and 15K aggressive treks through winding trails, there is sure to be something for all ages and skill levels. These unique races will showcase why Missouri was named the best trails state in the nation. Participants competing in all four races will receive a state parks gift package. We hope you will join us as we run, walk and paddle through Missouri State Parks!       Race Policies

Finger Lakes Adventure Challenge

Sept. 6, 2014 - 9 a.m. - Finger Lakes State Park

Entry Fee: 
   Paddle and Run        $30*    PHOTOS AND RESULTS
   Paddle Only              $20*    
   Run Only                  $20*               

To guarantee a t-shirt, register by: Aug. 23

Join us for the inaugural Finger Lakes Adventure Challenge.  Your first challenge will be to kayak the water course in Peabody Lake.  Paddle the new 4.5-mile water trail that winds through the length of the park, then return back to the start and take off on foot to the 2.75 mile Kelley Branch Mountain Bike Trail.  The trail will lead you through the wetlands of Kelley Branch Creek before heading along the ridges and pits of the reclaimed strip mine.  Challenge yourself to compete in both sections of the event or take part in just one.  Awards go to the top finishers in each age division** that complete both sections. If kayak rental is needed for the race, please call 573-443-5315.

Rocktober Run

Oct. 5, 2014 - 9 a.m. - Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park

Entry Fee: 
   1-mile Fun Walk        $15*               PHOTOS AND RESULTS
   5K                              $20*     

To guarantee a t-shirt, register by: Sept. 21

We are taking it for “granite” you will be at Johnson’s Shut-Ins Inaugural “Rocktober Run.”

Join us for our first ever 5K run and 1 mile Fun Walk.  The race will take you from the day-use area main parking lot through the park along the new Black River Trail. Awards for the top three winners in each age division** will be presented at the end of the race.

Whether you are running, walking or enjoying the race as a spectator, be sure to travel the ¼ mile trail to the overlook at the name sake of the park, “The Shut-Ins”.   This is Mother Nature “running” at her best as the East Fork of the Black River winds its way through the rhyolite boulders formed by volcanic eruptions so many millions of years ago.

Haulin' Bass 8K/15K

Nov.15, 2014 - 9 a.m. - Stockton State Park

Entry Fee:
     8K          $20*                 PHOTOS AND RESULTS
     15K        $25*        

To guarantee a t-shirt, register by: Nov. 1

Come join us for this inaugural event on the brand new Lakeview Trail at Stockton State Park! The 15k will be one full loop and the 8k will be one half loop. These races will be run entirely on trails throughout the park along the shores of Stockton Lake.  Awards and refreshments will be available after the race for each age division**, and overall finishers.


Dec. 6, 2014 - 1 p.m. - Katy Trail State Park

Entry Fee:
   5K           $20*         PHOTOS AND RESULTS
   12K         $25*        

To guarantee a t-shirt, register by: Nov. 22

Come strut your stuff during the Inaugural Katy Trail Tunnel Trot!  This family-friendly event offers a 5K run and a more challenging 12K run.  Both races start at the Rocheport trailhead and head west on the Katy Trail before reaching the designated halfway points for the return trips.  Participants of each race will experience the historic 243-foot long tunnel at Rocheport, the only stone tunnel on the Katy.  Awards** and refreshments will be provided after the races.  We hope you make this event a part of your holiday celebrations!

Race Policies
  • * Entry fee includes a custom designed moisture wicking t-shirt for registrations received before the deadlines indicated above.
  • ** Each athlete is eligible for Overall Awards. If any athlete places in the Top 3 Overall, they are no longer eligible for their respective age group awards.  AGE GROUPS: 0-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
  • Cancellations: Races are held rain or shine.  Missouri State Parks reserves the right to postpone or cancel the race in the event of dangerous weather. In the event of a cancellation, there will be no refunds.
  • Refunds are not available.  All proceeds benefit Missouri State Parks.